noun \ˈdā-(ˌ)dō\
plural da·does

Definition of DADO

a :  the part of a pedestal of a column above the base
b :  the lower part of an interior wall when specially decorated or faced; also :  the decoration adorning this part of a wall
:  a rectangular groove cut to make a joint in woodworking; specifically :  one cut across the grain

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Origin of DADO

Italian, die, plinth
First Known Use: 1664



Definition of DADO

transitive verb
:  to provide with a dado
a :  to set into a groove
b :  to cut a dado in (as a plank)

First Known Use of DADO



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Classical architecture, the plain portion of the pedestal of a column, between the base and the cornice (or cap). In later architecture, a dado is a wall's paneled or decorated lower part, up to 2–3 ft (60–90 cm) above the floor and defined by a horizontal molding. Interior walls were so treated especially in the 16th–18th century. In carpentry, a dado is a rectangular groove cut across the grain of a wood member.


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